The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, accused Colombia this Sunday of trying to “contaminate” the border with the reopening of steps between the two nations prior to administrative coordination, proposed by Colombian President Iván Duque.
As Maduro stated in a speech, “the Indian variant, the Californian variant and the South African variant are already in circulation in Colombia”, the unilateral measure to reopen the border crossings that Colombia is investigating aims at “the (state) of Táchira to contaminate and pollute the border, “warned the leader, reports” imltimas Noticias “.
In this context, Maduro has assured that he has ordered the Venezuelan executive to develop a strategy “to protect the border and thwart the plan to send us more powerful variants against Venezuela”.
Despite the allegations, the president was open to working with Colombia because “nothing unilateral will work” and “by chance it is possible to open borders with controls. By evil, nothing”, while he has accused the Duque administration for trying to “create smoke screens to divert the world’s attention from the enormous and tragic crisis in Colombia”.
To do this, “they want to create a source of disruption at the border and they want to create a show with Venezuelan migrants,” he criticized.
The Colombian Foreign Ministry announced this week that it is examining the possibility of opening the borders with Colombia, which have been closed due to the pandemic, on June 1st. It has already done this with its other neighbors – Panama, Ecuador and Peru – a move that has not been well received as Panama and Ecuador have imposed restrictions.